Norfolk Road, MSRR

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Forty Two riders presented themselves to the Race Manager to contest a Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road, just as large raindrops began to fall, not that the riders noticed that. Most riders were too busy jostling for position in the peloton and attempting to hold the wheel of the rider in front, and react to surges in speed each time one of a small number of riders attacked trying break the elastic and form a break away. Those attacks came from Simon Pumfrey, Eddy Kuipers, Erik D’Arbois and Ben Knight. Each of the attacks was rapidly closed down so about seventeen riders hung onto wheels and prevent the breakaway all the way up to the turn at the top of Norfolk Road. One rider then lost a wheel close to the turn and another at the turn itself.

But for all the other riders the damage was well and truely done with those early surges in speed. As riders get dropped it is then a case of working out if you could find other riders to form bunches to work with or whether it is time to do some Individual Time Trial training, and settle into a solo effort for the duration of the race, and hope that you don’t get caught by anyone behind you!

It was fabulous to see that both junior boys – Finn and Caleb Roberts remained in that big bunch throughout the race, to finish high in the overall results. The only woman to stay in the front bunch and contest the sprint finish was Emily Lutyens. Congratulations to Derek Roberts who took out the sprint finish just ahead of Eddy Kuipers and Simon Pumfrey on the long course. The second woman to finish, Lesley Mouat, was one the riders to end up completing an ITT. Kirsten Goodin, third woman found herself working with a small bunch to finish a few minutes down on the lead group.

For the short course riders, (who turned at the one-lane bridge) contending a Mass Start in the midst of the long course riders was something of a novelty. In this race the Junior Girls were in good form. Sydney Blackburn cleverly managed to slide her way nicely into a bunch of long course riders and stayed with them on the way out, thus managing to ride away from all the other short course riders, who had positioned themselves further back at the start. Contesting second place in a sprint finish Kate Speedy just had the edge over Scarlett Freeman.

Commiserations and Chocolate Fish award tonight to Ben Knight who was comfortably in the front bunch when he experienced a mechanical issue. Ben stopped to try and sort this out, and then rode back mainly on the grass verge on a bike that sounded rather sick.

Once again, very many thanks to the race management team and to John and Deb Allen for after-match refuelling.

Next week is a Graded Road Race around the Francis Line, Carters Line, Hughes line circuit.

PS. Don’t forget to put your entries in for Sunday’s ACM hosted Interclub race – on-line entries need to be in by Thursday. And also while you are on the website signing up to race – or offering to Marshall if you can’t race, the book yourself in for the joint social on 23rd March.

ShuteNoRiderRide Time
646Derek Roberts0:44:461st Man
7101Eddy Kuipers0:44:462nd Man
870Simon Pumfrey0:44:463rd Man
996Andrew Linton0:44:47
1012Ricky Blade0:44:47
1148Caleb Roberts0:44:471st Junior Boy
12147Johnny Burkhart0:44:47
1340Finn Roberts0:44:482nd Junior Boy
1461Darren Southon0:44:48
1589Emily Lutyens0:44:481st Woman
1673Erik D’Arbois0:44:48
17142Duncan Cameron0:44:49
1877Terry Blackburn0:44:49
19119Jeff Saywell0:44:55
225Lesley Mouat0:47:522nd Woman
2372Rex Dowding0:49:28
242Andi Bond0:50:46
2560John Allen/Donna Burkhart0:50:46
2634Kirsten Goodin0:50:593rd Woman
2749Graeme Twist0:52:19
2832Greg Baillie0:52:19
2921Anil Raman0:52:20
3029Ray Haste0:52:20
3119Duncan Ellis0:52:20
3231Jenny Devenport0:52:21
333Mark Jerling0:52:21
3487Stephen Yeats0:52:21
3550Earle Whitcombe0:52:23
3613Ben Knight0:57:29
3722Mike Parker0:57:31
3874Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones0:57:34
3985Viv Bunny0:57:43
4017Stan Braaksma0:58:32
2092Phil SutherlandDQ crossed centre line
Short course
ShuteNoRiderRide Time
178Sydney Blackburn0:37:321st Junior Girl
20Kate Speedy0:39:262nd Junior Girl
311Scarlett Freeman0:39:313rd Junior Girl
4159Judy Brown0:40:31
5144Katherine Domanski0:43:05
2171Bruce McCallum0:46:49
4157Karen BladeDNF
4265Annabelle SmithDNF

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